Once upon a time, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn was a happy neighborhood secret, kept by Brooklyn locals scattered along the fringes of Prospect Park. While Manhattanites made a show of refusing to set foot in the so-called lesser borough, and North Brooklyn hipsters maintained their distance from the G train, the likes of Bob Dylan, Prince, Real Estate, and Talib Kweli graced the Celebrate Brooklyn stage.
The BRIC Media concert series is no longer a secret, and Brooklyn can no longer be cited as the lesser borough, but BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn still remains one of the city’s premier musical events. Each summer, BRIC takes over the Prospect Park Bandshell to offer a host of lively free concerts, and a small handful of ticketed benefit shows. On performance nights, the park is littered with families and gaggles of friends sipping lazily disguised wine and arranging picnic snacks across blankets to the sounds of the storied live performers.